Do you want a quick 20-minute dinner? You’ve found the perfect recipe! This pasta is so simple to make and delicious. The sauce is has ricotta cheese and a touch of heavy cream. We use a pretty spinach leaf pasta, that you can find here. The fresh arugula and lemon zest brighten everything up, and crushed red pepper to give it a little heat.

lemon ricotta pasta made with spinach and olive leaf pasta in a pot being stirred with a wooden spoon

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A bowl of lemon ricotta pasta made with spinach and olive leaf pasta topped with grated Parmesan

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

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Author: Food Dolls
Easy spinach pasta with a lemon ricotta sauce and arugala.


  • 1 lb Spinach and Olive Leaf Pasta
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1 cup freshy grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 cups arugala
  • chili flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups reserved pasta water


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Make sure to cook al-dente, and reserve 2 cups pasta water.
  • In a sauce pan over medium-high heat add olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook just until garlic is fragrant.
  • Turn heat down to medium-low. Add heavy cream and ricotta. Stir until the ricotta has melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  • Add cooked pasta, salt, pepper, grated parmesan cheese, and lemon zest. Stir until everything is combined.
  • Gradually add pasta water until the pasta gets nice and creamy and to your desired consistency.
  • Stir in arugala.
  • Garnish with extra parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper and lemon zest.


Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe additions: If you’d like to add a protein, cooked chicken, or shrimp will make a great addition.

Don’t forget to reserve some pasta water! If you forget, don’t panic. Add a splash of vegetable broth, or milk to help loosen it up.

Note: We do not give an exact measurement for the salt and pepper. We always say to add a little and add more if you need to.

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